Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba clocked a world-leading time to win the women’s 1,500m at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe, the first meeting of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, in Germany on Saturday.
The 27-year-old stopped the clock in 3:57.45 in front of a vociferous sell-out crowd of 4,500 at the Messe Halle Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre), just 2.28 seconds short of the 3:55.17 world indoor record time which she set at same meeting in 2014.
Dibaba‘s time ranks as the second fastest indoor 1500m time in history. She also clocked 4:00.13 in Karlsruhe in 2012, which is now the 10th fastest run of all-time.
WATCH: Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba clocked a world-leading time on her way to winning the women's 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Karlsruhe in Germany on Saturday.
Posted by AthleticsAfrica on Sunday, February 4, 2018
Other Ethiopians Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yomif Kejelcha cruised to an Ethiopian 1-2 in the men’s 3000m. Gebrhiwet secured top honours in a world-leading time of 7.37.91 while Kejelcha followed in a personal best time of 7:38.67.
Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider, with his traditional strong late finishing kick, clocked 7:39.92 for third position ahead of 2017 European indoor champion Adel Mechaal of Spain (7:74.14).
Other IAAF World Indoor Tour legs are scheduled for Düsseldorf, Madrid, Boston and Toruń before the series’ conclusion in Glasgow on 25 February.